The Evolution of Fashion Sunglasses

You might have noticed how fashion sunglasses styles from the past suddenly come back, stick around for 2 or 3 years, and then suddenly go out of fashion again.  Then, suddenly a new wave of sunglass styles become popular.  But wait, you had a pair of those ‘new’ trendy styles back in highschool also!  Fashion sunglasses seem to follow a 15 year cycle.   It’s not like the wayfarer, the cateye, the Jackie-O or Aviator sunglasses aren’t great designs.  They are timeless designs that will always look incredible.  However, after a while, people desire something new and want a fresh look.   Here’s a brief history of sunglass styles that go back more than 50 years ago.  You might be surprised some of the styles you wear now are the same styles worn by your grandparents, or for your own parents!  Sorry to spoil the cool factor of the shades you thought were so original and cutting edge.

1950s – 1960s:  Cat Eye Sunglasses

What are Cay Eye Sunglasses?  Cat eye sunglasses are basically oval shaped sunglasses that have a sharper corner on the outside upper edge of the sunglasses.  Cateyes can come small, medium or large; narrow or tall.   The size you choose depends on your face shape, and if you need sun protection for your cheeks.  Cat eye sunglasses were made popular by famous movie stars and political figures such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Grace Jones; and more recently Rihanna, Cardi B,  Kate Young, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwen Stefani.